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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in California

Posted by Dora Seigel | Sep 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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If the stage calls your name, and you are interested in pursuing a degree in one of the performing arts (theatre/dance/music) in California, this article is for you. I have compiled a comprehensive list of all of the universities and conservatory programs in California that offer performing arts degrees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate’s).


How to use this article

I recommend using this article as a jumping off point to do more research on which performing arts schools are right for you. If you need help with how to identify What College Should You Go To? How to Choose a College, check out our other article. Consider what you are looking for in a performing arts college:

  • Are you looking for a conservatory? Or are you looking at a program at a four-year university with other non-art related majors?
  • Do you want to be in a city or a small town?
  • Do you want a big or small program?
  • Do you want a BA, BM or BFA? MA or MFA?
  • How much can you afford to spend? Will you get financial aid?

In this article, I will list every school, location, tuition price, and degree programs offered. I am only including schools that offer Bachelor’s Degrees or higher. I have included the degrees because the schools offered varied performing arts degrees (this way you can find the school that offers the degree you want).

Each school offers a slightly different curriculum for their specific performing arts degree, so I encourage you to click on the links for the major to explore the curriculum for that specific program at that school. First, here is the list of schools (scroll further down for the list of schools plus the location, tuition price, and degree information): 


List of Performing Arts School in California in Alphabetical Order

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $29,900 per year

Degree Programs:

  • Associate of Occupational Studies: Two-Year Program
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Acting: For Third Year, after completing Associate
  • BA or BFA Degree: offered in conjunction with these universities
    • St. John's University: students who complete their two-year AOS (Associate in Occupational Studies) degree may transfer up to 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Film Studies at St. John’s University.
    • Hunter College: Students entering Hunter with an AOS degree from The Academy will receive 27 credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at Hunter College.
    • Antioch University Los Angeles: Academy students can enter Antioch with as much as half of their coursework toward a BA in Acting and Dramatic Arts degree completion. Students who complete one year at The Academy may also transfer their coursework credits of C- or better. The Academy Alumni are also eligible to participate under the terms of this agreement.
    • Oklahoma City University: Students complete the full-time Conservatory Program at The Academy in New York City or Los Angeles and transfer to OCU in Oklahoma City for their last two years to receive a BFA in Acting.

American Conservatory Theater

Location: San Francisco, CA

Tuition: $26,750 per year

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California Institute of the Arts

Location: Valencia, CA

Tuition: $43,400 per year

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CSU, Chico

Location: Chico, CA

Tuition: $7,022 per year (an extra $382 per unit for non-California residents)

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CSU, Fresno

Location: Fresno, CA

Tuition: 0-6 units per semester $4,013 per year, 6.1+ units per semester, $6,311 per year (an extra $372 per unit for non-California residents)

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CSU, Fullerton

Location: Fullerton, CA

Tuition: $6,436 per year (did not specify non-California resident cost)

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CSU, Long Beach

Location: Long Beach, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $5,472, Graduate $6,738 (additional per unit charge for non-California resident)

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CSU, LA

Location: LA, CA

Tuition:  $6,344 per year (Resident), $15,272 per year (Non-California Resident)

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CSU, Northridge

Location: Northridge, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $5,472, Graduate $6,738 (additional per unit charge for non-California resident)

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CSU, Stanislaus

Location: Stanislaus, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $6,704, Graduate $7,970 (most likely more for non-California residents, although the website did not say)

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Humboldt State University

Location: Arcata, CA

Tuition: $7,152 per year

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San Diego State University

Location: San Diego, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $6,976 per year (Resident), $11,160 per year (non-California Resident), Graduate $8,242 per year (Resident), $13,822 per year (non-California Resident)

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San Francisco State University

Location: San Francisco, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $6,476 per year (Resident), Graduate $7,742 per year (Resident) (an extra $372 per unit for non-California residents)

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San Jose State University

Location: San Jose, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $7,378 per year, Graduate per year $8,644 (an extra $372 per unit for non-California residents)

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Stanford University

Location: Stanford, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate and Graduate $45,729 per year

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University of California, Berkeley

Location: Berkeley, CA

Tuition: Undergraduates and Graduates $13,432 per year (Resident), Non-California Resident Undergraduates $38,140 per year, Non-California Resident Graduates $28,534 per year

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University of California, Davis

Location: Davis, CA

Tuition: $13,951 per year (Resident), $38,659 per year (Non-California Resident)

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University of California, Irvine

Location: Irvine, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate and Graduate $11,220.00 per year (Resident) Non-California Resident Undergraduates $35,928 per year, Non-California Resident Graduates $26,322 per year

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UCLA

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $13,251 per year (Resident), $37,959 per year (Non-California Resident), Graduate approximately $15,900 per year (Resident - varies by program), approximately $31,000 per year (Non-California Resident)

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University of California, San Diego

Location: San Diego, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $13,557 per year (Resident), $38,265 per year (Non-California Resident), Graduate approximately $16,435 per year (Resident - varies by program), approximately $31,537 per year (Non-California Resident)

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University of California, Santa Barbara

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate and Graduate $12,240 per year (Resident), $36,948 per year (Non-California Resident), Graduate $27,342 per year (Non-California Resident)

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University of California, Santa Cruz

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $13,461 per year (Resident), $38,169 per year (Non-California Resident), Graduate $13,308 per year (Resident - varies by program), approximately $28,410 per year (Non-California Resident)

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University of San Diego

Location: San Diego, CA

Tuition: Undergraduate $44,000 per year, Graduate (varies by program, charged per unit)

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University of Southern California

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Tuition: $49,464 per year

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As an SAT/ACT tutor, Dora has guided many students to test prep success. She loves watching students succeed and is committed to helping you get there. Dora received a full-tuition merit based scholarship to University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. She is also passionate about acting, writing, and photography.



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